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iRest Yoga Nidra Level 1 Training

Next Offered: April 5-9, 2017

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Developed over 30 years by Richard Miller Ph.D., iRest Yoga Nidra meditation supports psychological, physical, and spiritual health, healing, and awakening. The Level 1 training is designed to provide you with the basic principles, history, theory, practice, and delivery of iRest. This will allow you to incorporate the simple 10-step iRest protocol into your personal life, professional teaching, or clinical practice. The protocol has been designed for use in various settings that include a personal practice, yoga environments, physical therapy, massage therapy, social work, clinical and medical settings, integrative health practices, as well as in-job training and job resiliency programs.

How It Works

iRest is an accessible meditation protocol that is integrative, as it heals unresolved issues and traumas, and restorative, as it aids practitioners in recognizing the underlying peace of mind that is always present amidst all changing circumstances in life.

Due to its effectiveness and ease of use, iRest has proven to effectively support the healing process across a broad range of populations, including those with PTSD, chronic pain, sleep issues, high stress, depression, and anxiety.

In this Level 1 Training, you will learn:

  • The core principles and practice of iRest meditation.
  • How to use iRest for your personal practice.
  • How to teach and deliver iRest simply yet effectively in group and individual settings.

Following the Level 1 Training, you will:

  • Join a global community of teachers teaching iRest in yoga studios, sleep clinics, rehabilitation and healthcare facilities, hospice, prisons, universities, schools, as well as in private practice.
  • Be able to list yourself on the Integrative Restoration Institute (IRI) website as a Level 1 Teacher in Training.
  • Be able to access IRI’s “Teacher Resources” and our “Teachers Community Network” for further personal and professional support.
  • Be recommended by IRI to people seeking iRest teachers in their local area.


iRest will be offered at MUIH April 5-9, 2017.

Wednesday, April 5: 8:00 a.m. – 6:15 p.m. (registration starts at 8:00 a.m.; class begins at 8:30 a.m.)
Thursday, April 6: 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, April 7: 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 8: 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 9: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

There will be a lunch break from approximately 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.


$1,395 early bird
$1,495 after February 1, 2017
Includes a comprehensive manual and a Level I Training audio download.

Registration deadline: April 3, 2017. Individuals must pay in full in advance to be admitted to the training.

Cancellation Policy

Full and partial payments will be refunded in their entirety through March 22, 2017. Through March 29, 2017, full payments only will be reimbursed by half. No refunds will be issued after March 29, 2017.


If you have previously completed an iRest Level I teacher training you may audit this event at a cost of $600 (manual not included, $100 manual fee paid to IRI if needed). First-time students will be given priority over auditing students, so therefore the number of audit spaces available is determined by space available in the class. Please contact Patricia DeLorenzo at continuinged@muih.edu to request to register as an auditing participant. Auditing requests will be approved after the early bird registration date of February 1, 2017.


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Reading & Listening

Richard Miller, Yoga Nidra: A Meditative Practice for Deep Relaxation and Healing (book with audio CD).



Approximately 30 CE hours* will be available for YA, PSY, MFT, LCSW, RN.

*The Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for license renewal by LCSWs, LPCCs, and MFTs from California for programs from American Psychological Association approved CE providers. LCSWs, LPCCs, MFTs, and other mental health Counselors from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board for approval.

California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP 10318) to sponsor continuing education for licensed  nurses in California through the co-sponsorship of the Institute of Noetic Sciences. RNs from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board for approval.

About the Trainer

Karen Soltes LCSW, RYT, Certified iRest® Yoga Nidra teacher and senior trainer

Karen holds master’s degrees in both clinical social work and education and has worked in a variety of therapeutic and educational settings over the past 35 years. She served as the Director of the Therapeutic Yoga Program at Circle Yoga in Washington, DC, and was on the teaching faculty of Maryland University of Integrative Health’s Master of Science in Yoga Therapy.  Karen taught iRest at the Washington, DC, Veterans Affairs Hospital as part of the Integrated Health and Wellness Program for eight years where she observed firsthand the benefits of iRest in alleviating the symptoms of PTSD, substance abuse, anxiety, depression, and chronic pain. In addition to her work at the VA, she is a founding partner of Warriors at Ease, whose mission is to train yoga and meditation teachers to work in military communities. She currently resides in Durango, Colorado, where she hikes, bikes, and savors the outdoors.

About IRI

To find out more about the Integrative Restoration Institute, please visit irest.us.